Student Math & Applications Seminar - Mike Elliott
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Detroit, MI 48202
Speaker: Mike Elliott - Professor of Biostastics, University of Michigan
Title: Survey Methodology and Biostatistics at the University of Michigan
Abstract: I will talk about the opportunities available for graduate study in survey methodology and/or biostatistics at the University of Michigan. Undergraduate majors in mathematics, computer science, biology, economics, political science, or related fields who are considering graduate school are welcome to attend and learn about the exciting opportunities these programs offer. The Program in Survey Methodology degree combines aspects of psychology, sociology, statistics, and information and data science to provide training in topics relevant to the understanding of human populations. Students who graduate from this program can pursue careers in public health, business, public policy, consulting, and academics. Everyone is familiar with political polling, but survey methodologists also help with understanding the spread of disease, the risk of transportation injuries, the lifetime antecedents to a healthy old age, the marketing for new and existing products, among many, many career paths. Biostatistics is an equally interesting field; biostatisticians work to unravel genetic basis of human health and disease, design and analyze data from clinical trials for new drugs, and design life-saving systems to prioritize who gets organ transplants, among many other opportunities. I have appointments in both programs and will compare and contrast the fields and the graduate programs at the University of Michigan.